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Our first micro pub and wine cellar is now open.

The Lord Mayor of Nottingham, Councillor Michael Edwards (right) with pub manager Yvette Marshall and Castle Rock’s Geoff Newton

The city’s Lord Mayor, Councillor Michael Edwards, was on hand to sample some of the fine drink selection in our brand-new venue on Carrington Street in Nottingham. A short distance from the brewery itself, the Vat and Fiddle and the incomparable Canalhouse, the Barley Twist is located near the train station and in the heart of the Broadmarsh gateway into the city.

Retaining the name of the sweet shop that graced the location for years, the Barley Twist is an exciting step into something not seen in any of our previous ventures. Our new micro pub and wine cellar is specialising in keg and craft beers, real ale, bottled British beers and of course an extensive wine list. The pub is also full of brand-new Castle Rock merchandise, all of which is encapsulated in a space full of heritage and character. For those familiar with the Canalhouse, previous manager Yvette Marshall, who had spent 11 years in charge, will be running the Barley Twist.

The brand-new frontage of the Barley Twist

All of this wouldn’t have been possible without the allocation of a grant as part of the city council’s Carrington Street Area Townscape Heritage Scheme to repair and restore the building’s Edwardian and historic features and shop front.  The Heritage Lottery Fund, supported by National Lottery players, have provided the grant. The Beer Consortium, headed up by Geoff Newton, have previously turned buildings full of character such as the Embankment and the Fox & Grapes into successful Castle Rock pubs, are leasing the pub as an part of the EIS (Enterprise Investment Scheme).

Improvements include an internal staircase down to the extensively stocked wine cellar bar and a new frontage paying homage to the building’s legacy. Geoff Newton says despite the changes, original features have been reinstated or improved. “This includes the original and rediscovered floors and ceilings. We’re indebted to the city council for their advice and support.

“We aim to give The Barley Twist the air of a graceful bygone age but well able to serve the busy traveller on the way to Nottingham Station, local residents and guests at the nearby hotels,” he says.

The Barley Twist at 91 Carrington Street is part of the Portland Hotel, itself undergoing improvement works.  “And interestingly, though the hotel was a temperance house, it was built by the Hicking family who were wine merchants by trade.  There’ll be no place for temperance now; instead we intend to create a city centre micropub that welcomes everyone.”

City councillor Jane Urquhart, portfolio holder for planning, housing and heritage, says: “We’re really proud of Nottingham’s heritage and pleased to help Castle Rock Brewery restore and preserve this unit sympathetically.  This is part of the on-going transformation of Carrington Street back to the impressive gateway it once was.  It’s the entry point to the city for millions of visitors every year, and so improving the look and feel of the street, with the help of the Heritage Lottery Fund, is an important part of the wider plans to regenerate the southern side of the city centre and build a better Nottingham.”

Check out some of the few first snaps from inside the pub below and don’t forget to check out the Barley Twist on Facebook and Twitter.